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Get the HR34 or wait for the HR44??

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by jhart05, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. wco81

    wco81 Legend

    Feb 23, 2008
    I guess we'll have to wait to see what the Wifi performs like.

    So would D* just skip installing SWM/DECA if the Wifi worked?

    DTWBHN Cool Member

    Jul 10, 2011
    not to be the bearer of bad news, the 44 and 41 are beta testing in the cleveland dma starting the week of the 25th, official market wide release is expected sometime around april, a little bird told me that...
  3. Beerstalker

    Beerstalker Hall Of Fame

    Feb 9, 2009
    Peoria, IL
    No, like the others said the wireless in it will just be the connection to your home WiFi network to get your DirecTV network internet access for TV Apps, on-demand, Nomad, etc.

    The DirecTV receivers themselves will still be hooked up with a RG6 coaxial cable network and SWM/DECA.

    The HR44 is pretty much just the HR34 with a wireless cinema connect kit built in (and the power supply moved external).
  4. acostapimps

    acostapimps Hall Of Famer

    Nov 5, 2011
    I would wait for the HR44 since I also have the HR24, But I want to replace the slow HR22, But since you already ordered stick with what you want best.
  5. wco81

    wco81 Legend

    Feb 23, 2008
    Engadget or The Verge were given a demo at CES and told the processor in the 44 was faster and they saw menu navigation being faster.
  6. Scott Kocourek

    Scott Kocourek Well-Known Member

    Jun 13, 2009
    Don't forget DBSTalk and SolidSignal were both allowed into the private area too. ;)
  7. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    At this time that's exactly what it is.
  8. rbohling

    rbohling Cool Member

    Apr 20, 2012
    Bullard, TX
    People will be looking at the HR-44 reports and saying look at all the problems it has. It comes with the new/advanced products and through growing pains, testing and tweaking, they will smooth out. Just as they have been doing with the HR-34s.
  9. KoRn

    KoRn Legend

    Oct 21, 2008
    I would just go for the HR34 now. Its a great box and pretty stable now. FINALLY! As others have said. The HR44 will be buggy like all new boxes and go through growing pains. Then all the whining and crying will commence how much they hate it.
  10. DTWBHN

    DTWBHN Cool Member

    Jul 10, 2011
    i would agree go with the 34, we havent even started the beta test and i can tell ya this with every other beta tests there are always problems and bugs. Theres already a bug, testing has been bumped a week because of manufacturing delays. Go with a 34, the bugs have been all worked out and its a very smooth running machine.
  11. Mcmiller519

    Mcmiller519 AllStar

    Oct 15, 2010
    I've been testing the HR44 for about three weeks now not much different then the 34 smaller then the Hr24 I haven't seen any major bugs with it at all the 41 had quite bugs at first but seems to be working pretty well now and the pilot starts the Tuesday the 19th
  12. jimmy_27320

    jimmy_27320 AllStar

    Aug 17, 2007
    Go with the 34.
  13. vapor21

    vapor21 Cool Member

    Sep 1, 2012
    We been testing the 44 here as well, co worker found several bugs with the 44 as well as the 41. Our shop just got training on it last week, since it was suppose to go into beta this coming wednesday but it got push till next week. As soon as it goes into beta in our market I'm calling for a service call on myself and switching my 34 for the 44. It goes live in mid or early april (this is what they told us, dont quote me on this). I will try to keep both my 34 and 44, hopefully they let me since I know several people that have them.
  14. RealStuart

    RealStuart New Member

    Feb 21, 2013
    So our two year commitment is about over and my wife has been bugging me that she would like the 5 tuner capability that is now present in the HR34.

    I presently have:

    • HR24-100
    • H24-100
    • D12-100

    I have read through all of the threads on people saying "wait for the 44" vs "just get the 34, it's the same thing minus wireless" and clearly it isn't. I know the remote is different with the HR44 and the power brick is external on the 44 - again, I don't really care about either of those things. Have a look at this video around the 3:25 mark:


    The speed of the guide paging is something key that I'm after. I can't imagine DTV would release an upgraded system with only an external brick and wireless and not upgrade the processor. I want to have this sort of speed when paging through the menu. The lag that is shown on the HR34 on this video will drive me insane and it's even present on my HR24 vs the H24 that I have. The latter is *much* faster with paging.

    I had an appointment with MultiBand (who is the DTV subcontractor for my part of Michigan) this morning to refresh my hardware and they informed me that the 44 is still not available and is in beta test only right now. So, I had to either take the 34 or cancel the order so I ended up doing the latter. As long as we've waited for the 34, I don't mind waiting another month or so for the 44. It will frost me, however, if I get the 34 and then a few weeks the 44 comes out and everyone raves how much faster it is especially with the menu paging.

    Hopefully I made the right decision in waiting. :confused:
  15. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Since you are in Michigan, you might want to contact Signal Installs when it becomes available. They are part of the company that owns Solid Signal. You would have to pay for it (unless DirecTV agrees to a credit), but you'll be guaranteed a 44, and at least based on the installers Multiband uses around here, probably a better experience.

  16. WestDC

    WestDC Well-Known Member

    Feb 9, 2008
    In your quest just a reminder a HR34 or HR44 is the HR20 of tomorrow.

    If you want something get it- if not wait tomorrow always brings something else (example) iphone --------Now iphone 5 windoes 3.1-win-8 - it's all Teckno junk :lol:
  17. RealStuart

    RealStuart New Member

    Feb 21, 2013
    Yeah, I get it. :lol:

    The proof is in the pudding though with that video and seeing the menu paging. That, at least to me, makes it worth the wait especially if that is an accurate representation with the HR34 with latest firmware. :eek2:
  18. Christopher Gould

    Christopher Gould Icon

    Jan 14, 2007
    My guide on my hr34 moves just as fast as that video of the hr44.
  19. RealStuart

    RealStuart New Member

    Feb 21, 2013
    So, first I've heard of that, then. Can anyone else with a HR34 confirm or alternatively validate the video?
  20. SolidSignal

    SolidSignal Cool Member

    Oct 2, 2007
    Thanks for the shoutout. Signal Connect (we changed from Signal Installs about a year ago) would be happy to help. Same web site or http://www.signalconnect.com

    I think there's some confusion as to how that video comparison was made. I didn't just hold down the button and wait for it to start scrolling on its own. That would have been faster in both cases. I started with the same RC65 remote from the same distance and pushed the page down button as fast as I could. If you just hold down the button the HR44 scrolls so fast you can barely see what's flying past.

    I stand behind it, and if you'd like to PM me I'll be happy to talk about the processes I used.

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